By: Steve Dellar | 12-24-2018 | News
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France – Macron Blasts Trump Over Syria Retreat

A week ago, US President Donald Trump had criticized French President Macron’s government’s decision to follow-up on the Paris climate agreement, pointing to the popular mass protest movement of the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vests) as proof that taxing the poor for fuel consumption wouldn’t work. In response, France’s Foreign Minister had, in no uncertain terms, urged Mr Trump to only react to domestic matters and leave France to be governed by the French.

One week later and French President Emmanuel Macron questions the reliability of the United States as an ally in the coalition in Syria. President Donald Trump decided last week to withdraw US troops from that country. The French president now makes it clear that he regrets this choice during a visit to French troops in Chad.

Mr Macron stated: “I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria.”

“To be allies is to fight shoulder to shoulder. It’s the most important thing for a head of state and head of the military. An ally should be dependable.”

The approximately 2,000 American soldiers who were still in Syria will immediately return home. President Trump also stops air strikes on Islamic State in the Middle East.

The United States led an international coalition in Syria and Iraq in recent years to eliminate the terrorist organization.
French President Macron stressed the importance of the work of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which has captured large parts of northern and eastern Syria from Islamic State, stating: “I call on everyone ... not to forget what we owe them.”


Ever since 2013, the Kurds have fought against IS on the battlefields in Iraq and Syria. Whilst hoping for international recognition as the largest group of people (30 million) without a country, the West did not answer when the Turks regained the Afri district of northern Syria (where the majority is Kurdish) and also not in 2017 at the oil-rich (predominantly Kurdish) Kirkuk, when the Iraqi army took back the area originally liberated by the Kurds.

Now that the Americans are leaving Syria, the Kurds are waiting for another Turkish offensive. The American troops, who fought against IS together with the Kurds, have so far made sure that Turkish president Erdogan hesitated to attack.


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Anonymous No. 93184 2018-12-24 : 06:55

The sissy hand holding super retreating frenchies. Lol!!

Anonymous No. 93185 2018-12-24 : 11:04

You know in this case I think he may actually be right if he's taking the angle of helping the Kurds. I know it's only self-serving bullshit, anyway, but, and I'm glad we pulled out, the only reason I would have supported staying is if we helped the Kurds make an independent nation for themselves. Of course, we were never on the right side in that war anyway.

Anonymous No. 93197 2018-12-24 : 17:48

well now Mr. Macaroni, what have you done for world stability lately, besides raise your own peoples taxes ad nauseum?????

Anonymous No. 93198 2018-12-24 : 17:49

Macron should take care of his own problems. Where is his soldiers?

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